If you have not yet tried white asparagus, you definitely should! Especially now during the white asparagus season. If you love white asparagus as much as I do, then try out my white asparagus soup recipe! It is easy; it is creamy; it is elegant and gives you a luxury feeling. A bit of lemon juice together with the white asparagus heads as toppings, you just have to try it because it is impossible to describe this sensation with words.
It is again the asparagus time!
I know that I am “Germanized” when I start to get really excited every spring for the asparagus time. The asparagus time (Spargelzeit) starts in April until the end of June. During this time, you will see white asparagus everywhere in Germany: in supermarkets; in farmers’ markets; or directly on the fields. White asparagus is also called Germany’s white gold. It is white because it is grown underground, without any sunlight.
The price of white asparagus
The price can vary from year to year. I remember last year in 2019 we paid around 6 Euros per kilogram. We love white asparagus so much that we ate it almost every day.
This year in 2020, thanks to the Coronavirus, the price of white asparagus has risen significantly. This is because many seasonal workers had problems traveling to Germany during the asparagus time. We always need a lot of seasonal workers to help to harvest the white asparagus. In the last weeks, we were paying 12 – 15 Euros per kilogram!
It becomes a luxury to have white asparagus this year and we cannot afford to eat it every day anymore. Instead, we eat white asparagus around twice per week now. And we are always looking forward to it.
How to eat white asparagus
If you are new to white asparagus, remember that you need to peel it when preparing your meal. I did this mistake in the past and cooked it without peeling. The white asparagus became so chewy that I could hardly eat it.
There are many different ways to cook white asparagus. The most common way in Germany is to steam it and serve it with boiled white potatoes. That is why you can find special tall pots that are designed for steaming white asparagus.
The way I love most is to bake it. Here you can find my easy recipe for baking white asparagus. Baking white asparagus in the oven is easy and I like to serve it with baked potatoes.
Another great way to enjoy white asparagus is to make a white asparagus soup (Spargelsuppe). A white asparagus soup can be a very elegant starter. You can also eat it as a main course and serve it with bread as an example.
In my opinion, the best way to prepare a white asparagus soup is to use the peel and the ends of the white asparagus too. Boiling them first before discarding them can give you a soup base with intensive white asparagus taste. So, please do not just throw them away!
White asparagus soup recipe (Spargelsuppe)
Total time: 1 hour
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1 kg white asparagus
0.5 tsp sugar
1.3 liter water
2.5 tbsp butter
3.5 tbsp flour
200g whipped cream
2 tbsp lemon juice
Some salt and pepper
How to make the white asparagus soup?
1. Prepare the white asparagus
Wash and peel the white asparagus. Trim the end of each stem. You can also use a special asparagus peeler that can help you to peel much faster.
2. Prepare the white asparagus soup base
Put the peel and the ends of the asparagus in a pot with 1.3 liter water. Boil for 20 minutes with 0.5 tsp salt and 0.5 tsp sugar.
3. Cut the white asparagus
Cut the asparagus to around 3 cm long pieces. Set aside the asparagus heads.
4. Filter out the peel and the ends
After cooking for 20 minutes, use a filter to take out the peel and the ends of the asparagus. Drain them well before throwing them away. Keep the soup base.
5. Cook the white asparagus
Now, cook the soup base again. Put the white asparagus pieces (except the heads) into the pot and simmer for 15 minutes. Take out the asparagus pieces afterward. Keep only 1 liter of the soup base and pour it to another container.
6. Mix the butter and flour
Use low heat to melt 2.5 tbsp butter in the same pot. When the butter is melt, put 3.5 tbsp flour in the pot. Keep stirring to avoid the flour being burnt.
7. Pour the soup base to the butter-flour mixture
Once the butter-flour mixture looks smooth, pour the 1 liter soup base slowly back into the pot. Keep stirring and make sure they are mixed together smoothly. Pour also the whipped cream into the pot and keep stirring. Cook for 5 minutes and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
8. Fry the white asparagus heads
Fry the asparagus heads with butter for 5 minutes until they are golden on the edge.
9. Finish the white asparagus soup
Put the asparagus pieces back to the soup to warm them up. Serve the soup immediately with the fried asparagus heads and some parsley as toppings. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
Some other tips for the white asparagus soup
If you prefer to have more tender asparagus pieces, you can simmer them for longer in the pot. You can also blend some or all of the asparagus pieces in the soup base with a hand blender.
This will give your soup a more intense asparagus taste. A hand blender is great because you can blend directly in the pot and do not need to transfer the soup to another mixer. Just save the asparagus heads as toppings as they are the best part of the soup.
You can eat the white asparagus soup as a starter. Or you can also eat it as a main course with some bread.
Do you like white asparagus soup? Have you tried my recipe? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!